Flats plan for ex-Rangers pub bought over by sauna

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A FOR­MER Rangers pub which be­came part of a gay sauna after it was bought over by an ex-Playsta­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive could be turned into a lux­ury apart­ment block.

An­dre Gra­ham and Sea­mus Sweeney pur­chased An­nie Millers’ – sit­u­ated next to their Pipeworks sauna on Rope­work Lane – sev­eral years after the bar closed.

The pair hoped to trans­form the pub, once known as one of the city’s most hard­core Rangers haunts, as a feeder bar for the neigh­bour­ing club.

But city plan­ners de­nied a re­quest for the build­ing to be open 24 hours a day - de­spite the sauna flout­ing rules for over a decade be­fore of­fi­cial pro­pos­als were put be­fore coun­cil­lors.

Ar­chi­tects Mo­saic have now put for­ward new plans for the site on be­half of the pair’s Big Top Pro­duc­tions in the form of a new £3mil­lion de­vel­op­ment con­tain­ing 18 ser­viced apart­ments.

The de­sign team said the build­ing had “fallen into dis­re­pair” pro­vided “lit­tle tan­gi­ble ben­e­fit to the lo­cal town­scape” in its cur­rent state.

The pro­posed ‘Rope­works’ de­vel­op­ment fea­tures a blue brick de­sign, with bronze shin­gle cladding and large glass pan­els.

New plans for venue

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